Protecting two globally recognised ecosystems of exceptional biodiversity
The project is part of The Jaguar Connection Program for forest conservation, protection and monitoring of the jaguar. It lies within a corridor of two ecoregions of significant global importance: the tropical Andes on the eastern foothills and the Great Wild Area of the Amazon in the lowland areas of the Amazonian Andes. The main drivers of deforestation in this area include clearing forested land for pasture, industrial crops, illicit coca plantations and mining. These have been prevalent due to the lack of alternative economic opportunities in the region.
for families with precarious livelihoods, such as through quinoa and honey production
increase productivity and reduce food costs for local families
including 5 full-time positions*
mitigated on average per year
protected from deforestation, including parts of the Peruvian Yungas and habitat of over 200 species
Located in the department of San Martín, in Mariscal Cáceres Province, in central-north Peru, the project spans 53,000 ha. The protected area forms part of a vast wildlife corridor, the Abiseo- Cóndor-Kutukú Corridor, that extends from Sangay National Park in Ecuador to the Cordillera Azul National Park in Perú. The project aims to reduce emissions associated with deforestation and land degradation by implementing sustainable productive activities, effective land management, environmental education and strengthening governance. The project works closely with local communities to develop and implement these joint environmental initiatives. Another main aim of the project is to maintain the water balance of the upper basin of the Huayabamba River, which supplies water for many people located further downriver.
Carlos Correa, Quinoa producer and technician at the Alto Huayabamba project
The project reduces greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by preventing deforestation and protecting the natural ecosystem to increase carbon sequestration. By protecting the Alto Huayabamba area, the project not only protects endemic and threatened species but also the services that strong and healthy ecosystems provide, in this case, filtering fresh water from the Huayabamba River. The project works on a number of social and economic initiatives to benefit families living in the project area. So far 24 families have had their kitchens improved, access to state environmental education has increased and the project has offered a number of job opportunities.
Marco Gutierrez, Head of the Concesión para Conservación Alto Huayabamba (CCAH)
As part of the ISA Fund's Connexion Jaguar programme, South Pole worked with experts in the field, Panthera, ATTA to develop this ecosystem protection project under the VCS and CCBS standards. The project creates a huge wildlife corridor from the Sangay National Park in Ecuador to the Cordillera Azul NationalPark in Perú!
The spectacled bear, South America's only bear species, is heavily threatened mainly due to habitat loss. So, we are delighted the camera traps have managed to snap this elusive bear eating his favourite plant – tasty achupalla– which grows where a road used to be, making it the perfect place to spot a hungry bear.
We work with the following partners on this project:
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